Eddie Hill

April 1, 2009 by  
Filed under Where Are They Now?

During their retirement from NHRA drag racing at the end of the 1999 racing season, the Hills had time to pursue hobbies for which there was no time while they were on the road during their drag racing career.

Eddie took up airplane flying lessons and made a solo flight from Waco, Texas, to Wichita Falls. He is now contemplating his sport pilot’s license.

Eddie is also bitten by the radio-controlled aircraft bug. He has over 40 nitro, methanol and gas-burning aircraft, some with wingspans of over 11 feet, as well as 6 radio-controlled helicopters. He likes to perform aerial shows to classical music, and has put on shows for local groups, always assisted by Ercie.

Ercie took up her college career at Midwestern State University, where she logged 43 additional credit hours with a 4.0 grade point average, majoring in English. Her favorite courses have been Biblical history and astronomy.

The Hills purchased a 400 acre horse and cattle ranch on the outskirts of town, where Ercie raises and trains Tennessee Walking Horses (one horsepower at a time). Her proudest achievement is hand-gentling a five-year-old wild mustang mare she purchased from the Bureau of Land Management. Eddie set a new record for being 68 years old before he got bucked off the first time (while attempting to ride an unbroken horse bareback). He broke a few ribs in the process.

Eddie enjoys not only the horses, but chasing jackrabbits on his dirt bikes and ATV’s and motocrossing his way across the ranch. Ercie is learning to ride a dirt bike, as well.

Eddie and Ercie have a great love for animals. They have two dachshunds (Sweetie P and Angel), two mixed breed yard dogs (Buster and Indy), two housecats (Burnout and Lola), two pythons (Sneaky and Shirley), numerous barn cats, and six horses (Lil, Rebel, Star, Bandera, Gypsy and Hot Rod). They board numerous other horses at their ranch, Hill Country, in Wichita Falls.

The couple faithfully attends the Cowboy Church of Henrietta, Texas, and attributes all of their successes in life to the Lord.

Please join the Hills on the 1st Saturday of every month for the “Eddie Hill’s Fun Cycles Supper Run” at Eddie Hill’s Fun Cycles, Inc. in Wichita Falls, where they are enjoying the “fun” in Fun Cycles.

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